Roger Hirst, the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, is supporting a national survey designed to understand public perception of dog theft, enforcement, and the prosecution of offenders.
He is aware that there are concerns from dog owners across Essex, who are worried about their four-legged friends, following stories that have been circulating on social media and notices that have been placed in popular dog walking areas.
“As a dog owner myself I fully appreciate how alarming this can be. Dogs are part of the family and are a source of great love, comfort and companionship. This is particularly relevant now when we are all at home and walking our dogs is the one part of the day that we can look forward to. It’s important that we find out what is really happening in Essex so we respond effectively, allay fears and offer people relevant advice, so they are more confident about what the picture is, what is happening in response and what they can do to be safer.”
You can take part in the survey here.